Having a great looking YouTube Thumbnail has never been more important. With YouTube giving the thumbnail feature to all YouTubers, the competition is now even more stiff and competitive.
If you don’t know what YouTube thumbnails are or what they do, they’re basically like mini movie posters that helps viewers know and figure out what your video is about.
Anyway, prior to this the thumbnail feature was only available to YouTube partners. You know the ones with all the millions of views and thousands of subscribers.
Well back then there weren’t that many competitors so it was easy for them to stand out from the crowd. But now anyone that does anything with videos is going to go crazy with these thumbnails.
You can still stand out from the crowd, even with all the new competition. Not everyone is a design expert and to be honest most don’t know squat about what makes a good thumbnail, let alone create one. You still see a ton of ugly looking thumbnails out there.
So here’s some design tips that can help you stand out from the crowd and get more clicks and views to your videos.
Thumbnail Design Tips
Tip #1: Your thumbnail must represent and be related to the content in that video. You can’t put a thumbnail with boobs to a video about bike riding just to get clicks. You’ll get your video deleted or worst, you channel banned.
Tip #2: Do a quick search on your targeted keyword. Look at some of your competitors and see what they’re doing and make yours better. Look at some of the ugly ones to and see how you can make yours better. The key here is to differentiate yourself from the heard.
Tip #3: Use one main image that best showcases and represents what the video is about. A face they know is usually good. If you’re the star, use your face. If it’s a product review, use an image of the actual product.
Tip #4: Use big bold text that explains what the video is about. This is sort of like a headline and will let your viewers know exactly what’s in your video. Use 1 – 4 lines of text. That’s it! I wouldn’t do more than 4 lines.
Tip #5: Use a solid colored or a patterned background. This will help draw the viewers eyes to your video. A Startburst or Target type of pattern are usually good to use.
Bonus Tip #1: Thumbnails appear really small on YouTube and even smaller on mobile devices so make sure your thumbnails don’t have a ton of images or 3 pages worth of text. This will appear cluttered.
Bonus Tip #2: Try using different cartoon images of yourself. This helps differentiate you a bit and will save time creating still shot and having to clean out the unwanted background. I had 2 done for me on Fiver for just $5 bucks ;-)
Follow these tips and you’ll have great looking thumbnails that will attract viewers to click on your YouTube videos.
Need some design ideas?
Here are some great YouTube Channels you can look at to get some great design ideas. These are some of my favorite channels.
BTW, all these YT channels have millions of views, and it’s not just for their charm and looks ;-)
Jay Jay has over 10 million views with over 100 thousand subscribers. DAMN!!!
Is it easy to create my own thumbnail?
Making a beautiful looking thumbnail can be tough, especially if you don’t have tools like Photoshop, which is crazy expensive or a similar tool like Gimp with is crazy hard to use. Both tools can be a challenge to learn how to use.
And if you don’t have either of those, you’re left with hiring someone to create your thumbnails. Now that’s not the problem cause you have all these outsourcing places you can find great designers at.
The problem is the money!
Most designers will charge you anywhere from $50 – $200 for one single thumbnail. That’s CRAZY!!! You can see how this can get really costly. Especially for a guy like me who has over 100 videos on just one YouTube channel.
Now you can go to Fiverr and find some good decent designers there to create one for just $5 bucks, but again, for a person who does a lot of videos, this can still get pretty costly.
100 videos x $5 = $500. OUCH!
This is why I created the YouTube Slicer. A web based app that allows me to create unlimited thumbnails on the fly. (sorry designers, but it was getting way to expensive!)
This app is based off Photoshop. The difference is that it’s much easier to use.
Here’s a quick video on how to make custom thumbnails in 4 easy steps:
(Click here to watch How to Make Custom Thumbnails on YouTube)
This App will give me such an unfair advantage over my competition. It’s almost ridiculous. And you can have this same advantage too.
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I’m just being cool to my readers for being so supportive over the years and it’s my way of saying thank you :-)
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A cool FYI: You may notice that my thumbnails look similar to Gideon Shalwick‘s. I modeled a lot of our templates from the thumbnails in his channel. He played a big part in how the software works and the step by step training tutorials. He’s one of my favorite youtubers and knows his shit. I’ve learned a ton from him.
Gideon is a top YouTuber and is responsible for helping many others create successful YouTube Channels. Thanks Gideon for all you do.
Other ways you can use the YouTube Slicer
If you’re a designer or would like to become one, you can use this app to create your own services. I have many customers who do the same with my other slicer, the Timeline Slicer Pro. Another web based app that allows you to create custom cover images for your facebook timeline.
There’s one lady who sells each timeline cover for $97 to her private clients.
You can also go to Fiverr and sell gigs for those looking to get thumbnails created. The possibilities are endless with this tool.